THE BEATLES – PLEASE PLEASE ME (1963)
Album Review from AlohaPopRock-AlohaCriticon
Please Please Me is the beginning of the most meaningful band of modern music, The Beatles. It is a LP that sounds as fresh today as it did in 1963 alternating original songs with covers, tributes to some of their favorites musical styles: rock’n’roll, girl groups, soul…
In the album we find covers of soulman Arthur Alexander (Anna (Go To Him)) The Cookies (Chains), The Shirelles (Misery and Baby, It’s You) or The Isley Brothers (Twist & Shout), fantastic rewriters thanks to the rhythmic fizz, instrumental skill and the quartet’s vocal ability.
As songwriters John Lennon and Paul McCartney were infallible. I Saw Her Standing There is a lively rock’n’roll in the style of Little Richard, Misery is a Lennon’s melancholy track with George Martin playing the piano. Ask Me Why is a sentimental song plenty of beautiful harmonies.
Please Please Me, with the John’s harmonic sound, is a perfect illustration of the first Fab Four’s Merseybeat that led them to the success. The rhythmic of the glorious “Love Me Do” shows that the hard value of simplicity is the foundation of good pop music.
P. S. I Love You is a sublime McCartney’s love song that’s dedicated to his girlfriend Dot Rhone. Do You Want To Know A Secret? is an acoustic based track with splendid melody that wrote John Lennon but sang wonderfully George Harrison. Lennon is also the author of There’s A Place, introspective trip to the mind shelter with catchy beat.